søndag 30. juni 2013

When the Pink Floyd dream died.

The dream is over

From the live 8 concert

On 2 july 2005 Pink Floyd would play together for one last time. That means that in two days, it's actually 8 years since the most magical night! I remember I sat in front of the tv all day long, just waiting for my fab four heroes to get on the stage. I sat in front of the tv, hour after hour. I barely went to the bathroom just in case that Pink Floyd would come on stage, and I was afraid to miss a second. Lucikly, I got to see their full show, and every second! It was a wonderful moment for me. I didn't had anyone to share that moment with, at least no one who was as dedicated as me. But that didn't matter. I was in heaven, and I did start to think about any future reunion concerts. When I saw these guys on the stage, they looked happy, and it kinda looked like they had all miss each other and performing the music to it's fully perfection. After all, when they performed on live 8, it was the first time they'd all be on the same stage in 24 years. Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright & Nick Mason. Together. For the last time..

A year after the live 8 show, I got to see Roger Waters live for the very first time. The show was 4 days after my 17th birthday, so I was quite young, but my love for Pink Floyd grew bigger and bigger for each day. And there was nothing I wanted more then to get the news of a Pink Floyd reunion. I did decide (in my head) that I would go anywhere to see them if my dream came true. The years went by, and I saw Roger Waters live three times in three years. The last one in 2008. The year I knew that the dream was over..

Richard Wright

"The endless rumours of a Pink Floyd reunion came to an end with the tragic death of their keyboard player Rick Wright." -- MOJO magazine
"I'm unlikely to start polishing my drum sticks in the near future." --Nick Mason

Syd Barrett

When a dream like that die, you start dreaming about new things. My dreams are to see Roger Waters again live (that dream will come true), I want to meet Roger Waters and I also want to see David Gilmour and Nick Mason on stage. Even if it's another concert, my dream is to experience the wonderful guys live. The best thing that could happen, is that if Roger Waters invite David Gilmour to play on a gig with him during this tour, and that Nick Mason will appear on stage as well. I know that it happend in London 2011, but that show was in the middle of my exams, so I didn't have the chanse to go. So therefor I am hoping, and hoping is good, that my new dream will come true!

It might happen again...

I found an interview with Richard Wright (mostly about 'Piper at the gates of dawn'. The interview is from 2007 I reckon) in a MOJO magazine from december 2008, only three months after he passed away. I will put in some of the questions and answers I really enjoyed:

*Was Syd difficult to work with?
-No. From where we first started, and including the whole of the first album, it wasn't difficult at all.

*That iconoclassic attitude came from where?
-It came from all of us.

*Even he (Rick) admit he was the least technically proficient band member in the early days...
-None of us were technically proficient. I've always wished I had the technique to become a concert pianist but I haven't. We were all self-taught. I ttaught myself to play piano when I was four years old. I didn't have a teacher, so my technique is completely wrong.I can't play a scale in the way you're meant to play it. That limited my technique and ability to play was.

*Was the piano an early friend?
-My piano is my best friend.

*And always has been?
-Well, not my best friend. my piano has more significance than just making music with the Floyd. It's been a therapy for me. If I get really angry or frustrated, whereas some people go and scream into a pillow or see a psychiatrist, I sit at my piano and release whatever emotions I'm feeling.

*Who wrote Echoes?

Well, that's all for today! Just started thinking about the great men in Pink Floyd, and how it is able to miss a person you don't know personally, but at the same time, you fell that you know them in another way. 
Rest in peace Syd Barrett & Richard Wright.
Gone but not forgotten

Summer 68.
A great song, and this film is filled with great drawings and beautiful pictures of the beautiful man

lørdag 29. juni 2013

Nobody home

That's how it feels like today.
A week ago, I went home to my parents, and stayed there until thursday. When I got back home, I knew that my boyfriend still were on his vacation with his family in Greece, and my friends were all out travelling or somewhere else, that is not in Stavanger. It makes you think about how many friends you have. I think I have more friends back home, where I'm from. But I didn't notice until now. It never happend before that all my friends are out travelling at the same time. Weird!
So I'm sitting here, all alone, wondering what I'll do this evening. Maybe go to bed early. Read a book, watch a movie. Or maybe get a glass of wine and listen to some Pink Floyd. Maybe "The Wall".

It is amazing to think that my third "The Wall" adventure will start in Denmark in 43 days. It feels like I've been waiting forever, but suddenly it seems to be just around the corner. I am so exited about experience the great "The Wall" show again. It's been good over a year since I saw the show the last time, and that was in Australia. It seems so long ago.

I can still remember the first time I saw the "The Wall" show. It was in may 2011 in Oslo. We sat in second row on the left hand side. We were so close to the wall that we didn't got to see all of the animation, and there were probably loads of things we missed, BUT, during "nobody home", there were a opening in the wall, and we saw Roger Waters in a 'hotell room' just a few metres in front of us. We were so close, and I am pretty sure I lend towards him, hoping that he'll noticed me. The first concert is unfortunaly a bit blurry to me. I had just met David Kilminster for the first time, I was about to see "The Wall" live for the very first time, and I was just floating in a bubble. But something I do remember, and that is in particulary "nobody home".

"Nobody home" is, as most of the songs on this album, a Roger Waters song. It is to be found on cd 2. "Nobody home" gives you a feeling of a comfortable armchair and welcoming hearth. Unfortunaly for Pink (the main charachter), there is to be no warm welcome for him. Roger Waters once said in a interview about this song that Pink needs help, but he doesen't know how to get it. Also, he doesen't really want any help. It's like Pink is trapped in his own world, and won't let anyone in.
It sounds like a scary world. I'm glad I'm not 'living' in the same world as Pink.

Well, it's time for me to figure out what I'll do this evening, so I wish you all a plesant weekend! :) 
Shine on

The song from the movie "The Wall"

torsdag 27. juni 2013

Mark Fisher

After a rather turbulent month, with exam, exam results, new job and changing of working days, I've just spent a day with my parents and sister back home. They live close to Bergen, so it was good to go somewhere else after many stressful days.
Anyway, since I've been busiy, I just found out today that Mark Fisher died june 25th. Mark Fisher was born 66 years ago in England. And he was an architect. What did he have to do with Pink Floyd, you may wonder!?

He designed stage sets for Pink Floyd, for "The Wall" and for "The Division Bell". He did also work with other great bands like Rolling Stones, U2, Tina Turner etc. He was an acclaimed creator of live rock shows, designing spectacular, complex and often startling stage sets.
Typiccally for Mark Fisher during his work with Pink Floyd were things like an almost life size fibreglass div bomber, zooming over the crowd, and then explode when it hit The Wall (In the flesh?). Another typically Fisher work was the inflateble dummies, like the teacher, that were operated by wires from the stadium roof.
His break came when he was asked to make an inflateble menagerie for Pink Floyds "Animals" tour of 77', which confirmed the band as the masters of stadium rock.

The thing that catapulted him to fame, was when Roger Waters were performing "The Wall" live in Berlin in the Potsdamer Platz. To mark the occasion, Fisher & his partner, Jonathan Park, built the largest set in the world from 2,500 styrofoam bricks stretching 550ft across what had been no-man's-land.
The concert featured the demolition of a monumental 60ft wall by a 100ft helium-fillet inflatable pig and cost 16 million dollars... About 200,000 watching fans got to see Fisher blow up his set. After the show he recycled the styrofoam bricks as cavity wall insulation.

Mark Fisher died in his sleep june 25th, and his brilliant work will be missed! Shine on!